Applying 10 themes of Rosh Hashanah to my daily life! Day 4: The blowing of the Shofar is the chief commandment for the feast of Rosh Hashanah. The bible refers to this day as Yom Teruah which means “the day of the sounding of the shofar.” (Lev. 23:24).
One of the reasons that the shofar was blown in ancient times was to signal a call to battle. Hearing the blast of the shofar reminds me that we are engaged in a spiritual battle, every minute of every day!!! There is a battle being waged over our hearts whether we like it or not, and whether we’re aware of it or not! The shofar blasts tell us to wake up from our slumber, from our denial, from our focus on what we can see, and to focus our eyes on what is unseen (2 Cor 4:18).
We waste so much time and energy fighting the people, the circumstances, the things that we can see when our true battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Eph 6:12). Ultimately the battle is between Satan and God, and the enemy uses our strongholds to block God’s purposes in and through our lives. Satan is the father of lies (John 8:44), and if he can get us to believe the lies in our hearts about ourselves and about God, and to act out of them through fear, unforgiveness, blame, insecurity, self-condemnation, performance, etc., then we’re ineffective at showing forth God’s life and nature to others, we lose intimacy with God, and we don’t experience His good, pleasing and perfect will for our lives.
Let the sound of the shofar remind you to wake up and stop viewing others or your circumstances as your enemy! Focus your eyes on what is unseen, and use the spiritual weapons of warfare that God has given you to be victorious in the battle! L’Shanah Tovah! “For a good year!”